Amazon didn’t update the 10-inch Fire in the last generation, but today it’s bringing the largest of its tablets into 2017 with a better display, more storage, and more colour options.
Amazon’s 7th generation HD 10 is refreshed with few notable advantages. The display features a 10.1-inch with 1920×1200 and not 1280×800 which gives you 224 pixels per inch where before you had 149. That’s a big step up for watching a video, Inside, this tablet has 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB in the previous tablet. Storage has further been doubled in the base model to 32GB. It still runs on a quad-core MediaTek SoC which is clocked at 1.5GHz. Rather than having four low-power cores, it has two high-power 1.5GHz Cortex-A15s and two Cortex-A9s. These are after paired with a PowerVR G6200 GPU. The chassis is more like the current-generation HD 8 with Black, red, and blue plastic back options. Of course, Fire HD 10 runs Amazon’s Fire OS, which is based on Android. It has a 5-megapixel camera on the back, without a flash, and a 2-megapixel one on the front.
There is likewise a microSD card slot, which lets you expand this by an extra 256GB. Battery life is better too, being mounted from 8 hours to 10. This tablet is less very thin and light. It’s just 7.7mm thick and weighs 432g. In benchmarks, Fire 10 HD performs at the same level as the other new Fire HD tablets. It scores 1494 in Geekbench 3 and 10235 in 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited. That’s similar to a device running Snapdragon 410, but way below Nexus 9 or Samsung Gear S2 8.0. The Nexus 9 scores more than double the Geekbench 3 points, and, if you look long enough, can be picked up for a somewhat-similar price.
Amazon is asking $149.99 for the HD 10, but that’s with special offers (ads). The ad-free version costs $164.99, and an upgrade to 64GB of internal storage costs an extra $40. The tablet ships on October 11th.